Gallaudet University has been working with The JBG Companies since 2014 to redevelop four prominent university-owned plots along 6th Street, NE in NoMa. This is a massive redevelopment project that may end up having over 1,800 residential units, 135,000 sq. ft. of new retail, and 63,000 sq. ft. of office space. The plans for the project call for four distinct phases of development.
The University recently ran a design competition relating to construction on a portion of the massive site. Irish architectural firm Hall McNight won the contest with a design based on “meeting, communing, engaging” – the foundations of human communication. The building will serve as a campus facility with exact usage not quite yet defined. The building will also employ Deafspace principles of design and construction, with the purpose of addressing community building, visual language, personal safety and well-being principles for spaces utilized for the deaf and hearing impaired. It will be the first building to be themed around these principles.